Bertie Mee

Bertram "Bertie" Mee OBE led Arsenal to their first Double win in 1971.  This success resulted in him being named Manager of the Year.

Bertie was the younger brother of fellow footballer Georgie Mee.

Born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, Mee as a player, represented Derby County, Mansfield Town and Southampton before his career was cut short by injury.

Mee trained as a physiotherapist after joining the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he spent six years, rising to the rank of sergeant. After leaving the army, he worked for a number of football clubs as a physiotherapist, before joining Arsenal in 1960, succeeding Billy Milne.

After the departure of manager Billy Wright in 1966, Mee became manager. He made Dave Sexton and Don Howe his assistants.

In his first season in charge, Mee signed future Arsenal manager George Graham. Prior to Arsenal's success in 71, he led the club to their first major trophy in 17 years where they beat Anderlecht in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final.

After Arsenal he joined Watford as assistant to Graham Taylor in 1978 in charge of scouting (he was credited with discovering John Barnes), and would later became a director of the Hornets before retiring in 1991.

For services to football, Mee was made an OBE in 1984. He died in London at the age of 82, in 2001.

Honours (3)
  • league-titles
    • Arsenal:
      • Football League Division One Champions, (1970-01-01)
  • domestic-trophies
    • Arsenal:
      • FA Cup Winners, (1970-01-01)
  • european-trophies
    • Arsenal:
      • UEFA Cup Winners, (1969-01-01)
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